Journal of Transatlantic Studies

, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp 290–300 | Cite as

The ‘Pacific’ President’s agenda for Transatlantica

  • Jeff LightfootEmail author


The election of Barack Obama as president of the United States in November 2008 lifted hopes around the world that the new administration would usher in a transformational era in American foreign policy. President Obama proved to be particularly popular in Europe, where both the elite and the masses held high hopes that the charismatic, centre-left president would erase the bitter legacy of the Bush years. The new administration engaged the transatlantic community early and often, looking to Europe as its preferred partner in addressing the most daunting foreign policy challenges. Due to a lack of leadership in Europe, sagging political will, and declining capabilities, this article queries whether Europe will respond constructively to Obama’s substantive agenda for Transatlantica, which calls for a renewal of the transatlantic community as a means for addressing global threats and challenges.


Barack Obama NATO global partnership transatlantic community political will Europe 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Atlantic Council of the United StatesWashington, D.C.USA

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